Canon, Nikon, and Sony News for Dec 2019

 Tuesday, December 31, 2019
B&H has the Canon Drop-In Filter Mount Adapter EF-EOS R with Circular Polarizer Filter available for $199.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $299.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Canon EF/EF-S Lens to EOS R Camera
  • Maintains AF and Image Stabilization
  • Includes Drop-In Circular Polarizer A
  • Dust- and Water-Resistant
Go through this enormous list of deals one more time: the Mega DealZone at B&H ends today.
 
Most DealZone deals feature significant price drops and a significant number of the DealZone deals from the last year are back. This is your last chance to avoid regrets.
Post Date: 12/31/2019 7:56:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, December 30, 2019
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/30/2019 8:21:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
It happens only once a year and that time is now: the Mega DealZone is now live at B&H! Search through hundreds of really great deals.
 
This is a regret-eliminator sale. If you've seen an item in the DealZone earlier this year, it is likely back in right now for your second chance.
Post Date: 12/30/2019 8:14:38 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
This deal ends 12/31 at 11:59 PM: Use coupon code HOLIDAY19 at the Canon USA Store to save 10% on refurbished cameras, lenses, and flashes
 
Expect Canon USA refurbished gear to be like new with an as-new warranty at great prices.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/30/2019 8:14:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Lowepro Pro Trekker 450 AW Camera and Laptop Backpack available for $179.95 with free shipping. Regularly $259.95.
 
The Lowepro Pro Trekker 650 AW Camera and Laptop Backpack is also on sale.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Holds 1-2 Pro DSLRs with 400mm f/2.8
  • Fits 4-6 Extra Lenses, 2 Flash Units
  • Accommodates 15" Laptop
  • Interior Dividers
See the full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals in the Mega Deal Zone Event.
Post Date: 12/30/2019 6:11:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through tomorrow, B&H has the CyberPower CP1000AVRLCD Intelligent LCD UPS available for $79.95 with free shipping. Regularly $114.95.
 
Note: Discount is applied via a coupon in-cart.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Output: 1000 VA / 600W
  • Input: 120V
  • 5 x Battery/Surge Protected Outlets
  • 9 x NEMA 5-15R Outlets
See the full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals in the Mega Deal Zone Event.
Post Date: 12/30/2019 5:57:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Though tomorrow, B&H has the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo available for $64.99 with free shipping. Regularly $89.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Creative Enhancement Target
  • Classic Target
  • White Balance Target
  • Protective Pocket-Sized Case
See the full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals in the Mega Deal Zone Event.
Post Date: 12/30/2019 5:52:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through December 31, B&H has the Tascam DR-10L Digital Audio Recorder with Lavalier Mic (White) available for $129.99 with free shipping. Regularly $199.99.
 
I have two of the black models and just picked up a third white model. If recoding audio at weddings, both models will certainly come in handy for discreet recording. [Sean]
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Mono Digital Recorder with Lavalier Mic
  • Records 24-Bit/48 kHz BWAV File Format
  • Up to 32GB on microSD or microSDHC Card
  • 1/8" Stereo Headphone Output
  • Single AAA Battery Records 10 Hours
  • Built-In Limiter Function
  • Low-Cut Filter Reduces Wind and Rumble
  • Dual Recording Mode
  • Easy-to-Read OLED Display
  • Case, Windscreen, Mic Clip & USB Cable
 Sunday, December 29, 2019
It happens only once a year and that time is now: the Mega DealZone is now live at B&H! Search through hundreds of really great deals.
 
This is a regret-eliminator sale. If you've seen an item in the DealZone earlier this year, it is likely back in right now for your second chance.
Post Date: 12/29/2019 7:08:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, December 27, 2019
Through midnight ET Sat 12/28: B&H has the Manfrotto MVMXPROA5US Aluminum XPRO Video Monopod on sale for only $139.88 (save $80.00).
 
See today's full list of B&H DealZone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Until 4:00pm Eastern Time, B&H has the Tascam TM-280 Studio Microphone with Flight Case, Shockmount, and Pop Filter available for $99.99 with free shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
  • Cardioid (Unidirectional) Polar Pattern
  • 34mm Pure-Gold-Sputtered Diaphragm
  • 10 dB Pad Switch
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
 Thursday, December 26, 2019
Big deal: B&H has the Rebel T7i-like Canon EOS M100 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 15-45mm and 55-200mm Lenses and Accessories Kit for only $399.00 (Save $550.00). Add the $159.00 Canon EF-M Lens Adapter Kit for Canon EF / EF-S Lenses for only $9.00 more, taking the total savings up to $709.00.
 
Alternatively, get a similar kit direct from the Canon USA Store for the same price. The EF-M Lens Adapter is available for $49.00.
Image quality test results have been added to the Nikon Z 85mm f/1.8G S Lens page.
 
I think you are going to like this lens. Go make some comparisons.
 
The Nikon Z 85mm f/1.8G S Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Nikon Z 85mm f/1.8G S Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/26/2019 8:29:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
This is a great deal, especially if you intend to purchase this plan anyway. Consider buying multiple years at this price. B&H has the 12-Month Adobe CC Photography Plan with 20GB Cloud Storage available for only $99.88, a $20 savings. Use the download or physical card received to create a new account or add credit to an already existing account (identical plan).
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Dedicated Photo Editing Suite
  • Subscription to Photoshop & Lightroom CC
  • Tools to Organize, Edit, Enhance & Share
  • Constant and Automatic Feature Updates
  • Up-to-Date Camera Support
  • Extensive Library of How-To Videos
  • Cloud-Based Storage for Multiple Devices
  • Sync to Photoshop Mix & Lightroom Mobile
  • For Mac and Windows Operating Systems
Post Date: 12/26/2019 8:19:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Canon EOS M6 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 15-45mm Lens (Silver) available for $349.00. Regularly $799.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • 3.0" 1.04m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/26/2019 7:28:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Impact Luxbanx Duo Medium Octagonal Softbox (60") available for $174.50 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $349.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Strobe, Fluorescent and LED Lights
  • Compatible with Hot Lights up to 1500W
  • Textured Silver Interior
  • Removable Inner Baffle, Front Diffuser
Post Date: 12/26/2019 7:15:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens available for $649.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $899.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • One FLD Element, Four SLD Elements
  • Two Aspherical Elements
Post Date: 12/26/2019 7:10:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the ZEISS Batis 18mm f/2.8 Lens for Sony E available for $899.00 with free shipping. Regularly $1,499.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Seven Low Dispersion Elements
  • Four Aspherical Elements
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 12/26/2019 6:55:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, December 25, 2019
Regretting not taking advantage of the great Canon EOS 5D IV and R Christmas deals? You've got another chance – these deals have been extended:
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, BG-E20, SanDisk 64GB SDXC – $1,999.00
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF 24-105mm f/4L II Lens, BG-E20, SanDisk 64GB SDXC – $2,899.00
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon Log, BG-E20, SanDisk 64GB SDXC – $2,099.00
 
Canon EOS R – starting at only $1,499 with free accessories.
 
Again, also check the alternative EOS 5D Mark IV and EOS R bundles being offered at Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/25/2019 10:07:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
For many households, Christmas brings with it many decorations with a tree being the primary one. Installing the tree is often a large job, the result is generally beautiful, and capturing memories of the annual tree is worth the small amount of effort required to do so.
 
Help the Christmas tree photo from the start by selecting a great looking tree that fits nicely in your space. "Great" is as seen in your eyes. We have a tall ceiling over our tree's location and our tree height is limited to what I can haul home and make stay upright in the tree stand. Another limitation is that the top of the tree must be reachable using only a step ladder (scaffolding is not an option) and with our space not being large in width, it is nice to have enough space to be able to walk around the tree. The kids always want taller and the parents always want shorter. The parents can better tolerate taller if narrower enters the equation. With a narrow tree, height becomes easier to manage (except for the road clearance issue faced when hauling it home across the back of the SUV's Hitch Haul).
 
When decorating the tree, ensure that the strands of lights are all the same brand and model, or at least that all of the strands share the same bulb color and brightness. I learned that lesson a few years back when I needed to combine multiple exposures to balance out the brightness differences of our dual-brightness tree.
 
Do you have windows in the frame with your tree? If so, consider photographing during the blue hour which is really the blue minutes as there will likely be only a couple of minutes of ideal exterior brightness to balance with the indoor light levels, giving your images that extra wow factor. Shooting through that ideal time period will ensure the perfect minute is captured. You likely photographed a tree in the same location at the same time a year ago. Reviewing the EXIF information from a prior year's perfect photo will provide a close estimate of the perfect time for the blue minute shot this year. Then ensure you are set up and ready for that minute to arrive.
 
While reviewing images from prior years, look at the angles you captured to learn what works well and what doesn't. Repeat and avoid those compositions as makes sense. Also, check the camera settings used for the previous images for guidance on this year's camera settings. Note that changing out strands of lights can change the needed settings due to differing brightness.
 
Often, turning off all of the lights (or at least the brighter ones) in the house, aside from the Christmas lights, will result in the ideal lighting. If there are windows in the image, watch for reflections in those. Block any problematic reflections (such as the numbers on the microwave display) and take advantage of positive ones (such as the Christmas lights). For the image shared here, a couple of Post-It Notes were placed over the thermostat display. Note that double-pane windows may create double reflections.
 
With only the Christmas lights providing illumination, the environment is dark. While I like to use a wide aperture lens, I don't use a wide aperture for the Christmas tree photo. Stopping a wide aperture lens down to f/16 or so makes each light into a little starburst and stopped down wide aperture lenses tend to produce the best stars. The narrow aperture also makes it easy to keep the entire scene in focus.
 
Unless your lights are far brighter than ours, you can expect to need a long exposure at f/16. I usually use 30 seconds and sometimes bump the ISO up modestly to keep from having to wait for even longer exposures. Thus, a tripod is needed along with either a remote release or the self-timer used. I don't mind if the individual lights become slightly blown (pure white), but if an extra-bright decoration is in the frame, I will sometimes exposure bracket with an additional image captures.
 
Long exposures raise another problem for some of us. While most Christmas tree displays will be motionless, they may not always be perfectly so. Unless your Christmas tree is on a concrete floor, there is likely the potential for the floor to vibrate at least slightly when walked on. Hanging ornaments will likely be the first indicators that the floor has vibrated and if swinging, they will be blurred in 30-second exposures. Planning this shoot for when the rest of the family is not home (or is in bed) is a good idea. You might need to stand very still behind the camera for a couple of minutes before capturing the shot.
 
Think about the camera angle. A completely level camera is often desired for interior photography such as this and adjusting the camera height and distance from the tree provides the composition desired.
 
For this year's tree photo, I opted to use the Canon EOS R and RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens. The R's 30 MP resolution was very adequate for my needs and the RF 15-35 delivers impressive image quality. In addition, the 15mm focal length was very attractive for this image capture — and it became even more attractive during post processing. Despite being very careful to level the camera, I still managed to get a slightly tilted (0.6°) image. Straightening an image requires cropping (or creating missing details) and the 15mm angle of view gave me just enough additional angle of view to make that adjustment comfortable. Note how little barrel distortion is showing in this uncorrected image.
 
As soon as the perfect light was captured behind the windows, I pulled the couch and ottoman out of the way and pressed the shutter release of a second camera that was already set up, providing a completely different image.
 
From my family to yours, we wish you the merriest, joy-filled Christmas ever!
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 12/25/2019 8:29:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, December 24, 2019
B&H has the Refurbished Nikon D7500 DSLR Camera available for $599.00 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $796.95 new after $200.00 instant rebate.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 20.9MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 5 Image Processor
  • 3.2" 922k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • 4K UHD Video Recording at 30 fps
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/24/2019 8:43:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Tamrac Apache 6.2 Series Camera Bag (Waxed Canvas, Chocolate Brown) available for $39.99 with free shipping. Regularly $99.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Holds DSLR, 70-200mm, Extra Lenses
  • iPad Pro/11" MacBook Air Sleeve
  • Flap with Buckle Closure
  • Silencer Tabs for Touch-Fastening Fabric
B&H has the Hoodman 64GB HCFAST Steel Memory Card available for $79.99 with free shipping. Regularly $149.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 64GB Storage Capacity
  • CFAST 2.0 Card Type
  • Read Speed: 560 MB/s
  • Write Speed: 455 MB/s
Post Date: 12/24/2019 7:50:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
These very hot deals are scheduled to end today, Dec 24th, at 11:59 PM ET:
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, BG-E20, SanDisk 64GB SDXC – $1,999.00
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF 24-105mm f/4L II Lens, BG-E20, SanDisk 64GB SDXC – $2,899.00
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon Log, BG-E20, SanDisk 64GB SDXC – $2,099.00
 
Again, also check the alternative bundles being offered at Adorama.
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